A broad term used to describe computer systems, programs, web browsers, databases, and other tools used to deliver online training over a network. E-Learning is short for "Electronic Learning". The growth and evolution of associated technology has made E-Learning possible for smaller companies and those with limited budgets.
Lessons are finite units of training within an online course. A lesson is typically a set of learning content that focuses on a single toipic. A lesson may be a small micro-learning object or a larger group of screens organized to deliver a certain body of knowledge.
This term represents the smallest unit of learning material within an online course. On the FlexTraining platform, for example, several Learning Screens would make up a lesson. These screens may contain text, images, videos, audio narrrations, external documents, external URL's, and even interactive exercises.
In this learning model, the learners do not need to be logged on at the same time. Also known as "self-paced learning". Learners log in at their conveniance and consume course material, take tests, and otherwise complete coursework.
Educational management frameworks that utilize synchronous training require that all learners are connected to the training delivery system at the same time. More of a true "virtual classroom", these tools allow screen-sharing, live interaction, and instant messaging.
A modern, robust LMS will include the ability for the learner to print a completion certificate when he or she has finished an online course. The certificate should be flexible enough to include a completion date, the student's name, the course name, and a company logo. In addition, the certificate may be presented in a PDF format so that the learner can email it to a colleague, manager or to himself.
Under HTML5, videos are delivered to the browser with a "VIDEO" tag, rather than a complex OBJECT tag. With the Video tag, a reference to the actual video file is a parameter that lives withing the tag itself. The learning system will substitute the anme of the video at run time, so that videos may be kept in collections within folders or libraries. The most popular video file format is "MP4", which is a format that can be rendered by all modern web browsers. A video may be a lesson or a topic within an online course.
Audio files make excelllent additions to online courses. Typically, an audio file would be used as a narration. The learner may be observing an image or reading through some light text, while the audio narration plays, in order to clarify the concept involved. The most popular format for audio in online training is the "MP3" format. Like the MP4 video format, the MP3 audio format "streams". This means the file begins to play immediately, rather than waiting for the entire file to be downloaded to the client computer, where the browser is running.